Interview with Pop Artist and Songwriter Nadia Vaeh
How did you come by your stage name?
I was trying to come up with an alternative to my given surname and I was having a chat with my buddy Iman about names. Somehow the name Nevaeh came up, which is Heaven spelled backward.
I wanted to create a last name that no one had so after some extensive googling, I found by chopping off the end of the name “Nevaeh” and calling myself “Nadia Vaeh” I had accomplished that and more.
I truly wanted to change my name to protect my family name and because, in a way, my decision to embark on the journey of being a full-time artist was a rebirth and the marker of the start of my healing journey.
Sometimes our family names can carry unhealthy habits and generational traumas that we might need to detach from for a bit to find our true selves again. While I am proud to be from my family, there is a lot to a name!
When did you discover your love for your craft and what made you realize you wanted to pursue a career in it?
I have always had an affinity for words and poetry that I believe was passed down from my mother and I was the little kid that would sing and dance to everyyyything. I recall when I was maybe 7 or 8 years old singing N’SYNC’S “Tearin’ up my Heart” as I was leaving the bathroom and my Aunt asking…” Was that you singing?”.
I was embarrassed she had heard me, but she told me it sounded like the radio and that I was really good. I think that moment gave me some reassurance I should write songs and make music. From there I went on to sing in choirs create my own emo-rock band.
To what or whom do you accredit your sense of style?
So many different genres, artists, and cultures are responsible for how my music sounds!!! I draw inspiration from everywhere.
On your current project, how did you come up with the concept?
I wrote “Spellbinding” with my friend Daena as I was just feeling a tug or a pull towards someone that I just knew deep down would be not the best for me. Sure enough, I was right! I’d like to think of this song as my last hurrah with toxic relationships.
I am really trying to move forward with self-love before I co-create a life with someone. The love-drug is real though. lol. There are good and bad days!!!
What are some of your greatest challenges, and what is your greatest attribute when it comes to your work ethic?
I would say some of the greatest challenges are self-created. I am really working on that self-love game so I can stop self-sabotaging.!!! I think many artists/people struggle with this which is comforting on the bad days. Humans have been conditioned with suffering, so I think when we are out of balance, it can be easy to deflect or avoid the goodness life serves up.
I have a ton of ambition, but I working on living out that ambition as more of a “duty”, as I feel like that is how I create from the best place free of ego and the need to be “perfect”. Enveloped in this, I am really trying not to compare my journey or success to that of anyone else. Social media is a blessing and a B*itch. lol.
It takes more effort to love and have gratitude for the goodness on your own path. I am here for all of that spiritual growth though and have been loving connecting with others on their own healing journeys!!!
Are you the best at what you do in your opinion?
No way; but I am sure as hell the best ME doing it!!!
What are your plans for the near future?
Lots more music, songwriting, healing, growing and traveling. Also on the horizon; my music will be lending to so many other stories and art forms through, film, television, dance, etc.!!! Putting it out into the ether!!!
Is there anyone you’d like to thank, any shout outs?
I would like to thank the academy 😉 lol. Just preparing:) In all seriousness, I would like to thank my amazing team for believing in me before I had any sort of discography or following or stream numbers.
We have many more milestones to go, but I would not have been able to achieve any of what has been accomplished in the last two years without you; Edward Hernandez, Tyler Spratt, Dion Shaw, Andrew Gomez, Noor Gharzadine, Morgan Perry (Momo) Kyler Burn, Mariel Cabanas, T’nique J, Laura Bueno, my co-writers, and we are continuously growing!!!
It all began with just me and Tyler… It’s so crazy to think!!
How can fans find you?
I am on all social media under @nadiavaeh (Nadia Vaeh).
What suggestions do you have for other artist like yourself?
Continuously create and put yourself out there and you will find your people as you grow through your vulnerability.